07-27-2014, 05:36 PM
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I've had some cancelled before. The actual temp here can get up to 100-115 with humidity and it seems to me that 100 and up is where it gets to when horses and riders start to overheat, especially if there's no shade. IMO it's irresponsible to put your horses under that kind of risk, especially with no chance of shade. I've shown plenty of times at 95 though. Our shows will wave coats and even have people walk around with coolers of water when it gets that hot. My advice is be very very aware of how you're feeling and watch your horse like a hawk. Hydrate hydrate hydrate. Keep cool rags with you, around your neck, on your head, etc. Occasionally give your horse a good hosing off but scrape off all the excess water if he stands in the sun. If he starts acting sluggish or not like himself scratch for the day. It's not worth put yourself or your horse in harms way just for one show.
PS- signs of dehydration in your horse: pinch a big wrinkle of skin on his shoulder. It should pop back fairly immediately. The slower it takes for it to flatten back out means he is starting to dehydrate. Or you can peel back his lip and press your finger into his gum. The thumbprint should be white and then take under a second to go back to pink.